Nike Names New Headquarters After LeBron James
“Man this is so surreal! When I got the call this was happening I couldn’t believe it! I was literally shedding tears. You guys know where I come from but if you don’t I come from the inner city projects, single mother, only child, and statistics would suggest I would never EVER make it out let alone be alive still to tell you about it. Now I’ll have my own building at the Nike Head World Quarter where my family and I legacy will live on forever. The home of the Advance Innovation team and new state of the art Nike Sports Research Lab! Everything will get made and lab tested in my building! Like WHAT?!?!? THIS IS BEYOND CRAZY?? I wanna thank Nike once again for taking a chance on a 18 year old kid from Akron, OH. I’m proud to be.”
The new lab will be five times the size of the current facility, and among the building’s other amenities are a full NBA-size basketball court, 200-meter track, a 100-meter straightaway and an artificial turf field. There will also be a 500-plus-foot ramp at a 15.63% incline on the outside of the building for athletes to train in lieu of natural hills.
As previously reported, LeBron recently advocated for future student athletes in California to secure the bag by tweeting his support of the California bill, SB 206. If passed, will let student athletes get paid whenever their “name, image or likeness” is used. Student athletes would also be able to hire a lawyer or an agent to represent them in business deals. He tweeted on Thursday,
“Everyone [in] California — call your politicians and tell them to support SB 206! This law is a GAME CHANGER. College athletes can responsibly get paid for what they do and the billions they create.”
“California can change the game. This is only right waaaayy overdue. #morethananathlete”
He went on to say that he’s already started the movement with his documentary called “Student Athlete” that premiered on HBO in October 2018.